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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

At every stage in life people are asking the same questions. What do I want to do for the rest of my life? And how do I get there?

Young adults in their 20s are looking for a career that will make them feel fulfilled. Those in their 30s to 50s may be unsatisfied with their current career or think they could do better. Those who are 60 or older are thinking about an encore career—something meaningful to do after they cut back or retire. At some point, people begin to realize that there is more to life than a good career.

Beginning the week of November 13, area Chabads will offer a new six-session course from the Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) called “How Success Thinks: Jewish Secrets for Leading a Productive Life.” The first class for Chabad of West Orange will meet on Monday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m, while the first class for Anshei Lubavitch Outreach Center in Fair Lawn will be given on Sunday, November 13, from 7:30-9pm.

“‘How Success Thinks’ is designed to help people get more of what they want in life, and less of what they don’t,” explained Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz, Chabad of West Orange’s rabbi and JLI instructor. “Throughout the course we explore ways to cultivate people’s signature strengths, adopt a growth mindset, access their inner creativity, deal with weaknesses, and overcome procrastination and other obstacles that get in the way of their success.”

At the core of “How Success Thinks” are six key productivity concepts, from motivation and goal setting to creativity and relationship building, which explain why some people get so much done. Drawing on 3000 years of Jewish wisdom—as well as some of the latest findings and fascinating case studies from neuroscience, psychology and behavioral economics—this eye-opening course explains that the most productive people on earth don’t merely act differently; they view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.

“Most people don’t have a clear picture of what they want to achieve in their lifetime,” said Rabbi Avrohom Bergstein of Anshei Lubavitch, the local JLI instructor in Fair Lawn. “In the course, participants will have a chance to explore their own definition of success, and then create a road map to equip themselves with the tools they’ll need to make that goal a reality.”

Like all JLI programs, this course is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. How Success Thinks is accredited for continuing education for medical and mental health professionals. Like all JLI programs, this course is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship.

Interested students in the Fair Lawn area may call 201-362-2712 or visit www.myJLI.com, while those in the West Orange area may call 973-325-6311 or visit www.chabadwestorange.com/jli, for registration and for other course-related information

Anshei Lubavitch Outreach Center is located at 10-10 Plaza Road in Fair Lawn. Chabad of West Orange is located at 401 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange.